The stuff of which the world of our experience is composed is, in my belief
, neither mind nor matter, but something more primitive than either.
The physical organization, its decay, the indestructibility of matter, the law of the conservation of energy, evolution, were the words which usurped the place of his old belief
During this profound and soothing communion with his innermost beliefs
he remained staring at the carpet, with a portentously solemn face and with a dull vacuity of eyes that seemed to gaze into the blankness of an empty hole.
She assured them, too, of her firm belief
that, at some brighter period, when the world should have grown ripe for it, in Heaven's own time, a new truth would be revealed, in order to establish the whole relation between man and woman on a surer ground of mutual happiness.
Yes, there was a sort of refuge which always comes with the prostration of thought under an overpowering passion: it was that expectation of impossibilities, that belief
in contradictory images, which is still distinct from madness, because it is capable of being dissipated by the external fact.
Ah, she's a handsome craft, she is," the cook would say, and give her sugar from his pocket, and then the bird would peck at the bars and swear straight on, passing belief
But out of that chaos your belief
in your own prudence and sagacity reasserts itself.
A favorite topic with me was the popular belief
in omens -- a belief
which, at this one epoch of my life, I was almost seriously disposed to defend.
Vernon, which had reached me, in common with the world in general, and gained my entire belief
before I saw you, but which you, by the exertion of your perverted abilities, had made me resolved to disallow, have been unanswerably proved to me; nay more, I am assured that a connection, of which I had never before entertained a thought, has for some time existed, and still continues to exist, between you and the man whose family you robbed of its peace in return for the hospitality with which you were received into it; that you have corresponded with him ever since your leaving Langford; not with his wife, but with him, and that he now visits you every day.
But howsoever these things are thus in men's depraved judgments, and affections, yet truth, which only doth judge itself, teacheth that the inquiry of truth, which is the love-making, or wooing of it, the knowledge of truth, which is the presence of it, and the belief
of truth, which is the enjoying of it, is the sovereign good of human nature.
It seizes with avidity upon any incidents, surprising or mysterious, in the career of those who have at all distinguished themselves from their fellows, and invents a legend to which it then attaches a fanatical belief
Incapable of answering him; forgetful of the ordinary restraints of social intercourse--with the one doubt that preserved her belief
in Mirabel, eager for confirmation--Emily signed to this stranger to follow her into a corner of the room, out of hearing.
In connection with this subject of "mysterious disappearance"--of which every memory is stored with abundant example--it is pertinent to note the belief
This therefore would seem an exception to the above rule, if indeed it was a rule; but as we have in our voyage through life seen so many other exceptions to it, we chuse to dispute the doctrine on which it is founded, which we don't apprehend to be Christian, which we are convinced is not true, and which is indeed destructive of one of the noblest arguments that reason alone can furnish for the belief
He was not scared; he knew this because, firmly believing he would never see another sunrise, he remained calm in that belief